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“‘Type-Cast Set’: What Autobiographies of Latino/a Performers Show About Playing to (Stereo)Type ”

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Susan Carol Mendez

University of Scranton Scranton PA, US
About Susan
Susan C. Méndez earned her doctorate at the University of California, Riverside and is an Associate Professor in the Department of English & Theatre at the University of Scranton. She teaches Multi-Ethnic American literature and Women’s Studies courses and primarily researches novels written by Latina/o authors. Her publications have appeared in the following journals: Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Confluencia: Revista Hispanica de Cultura y Literatura, Chicana/Latina Studies, Afro-Hispanic Review, MaComère: The Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and Letras Hispanas.
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Abstract

Through the autobiographies of Rita Moreno, Rosie Perez, and John Leguizamo, this essay establishes a trajectory of the utilization and reformation of stereotypes for Latino/a performers so as to make these texts part of the genre of life-writing within Latino/a literature. These actors have been struggling with the stereotypical roles they enact and have reformulated them to better represent the embodied experience of being Latino/a on the stage and screen for both their sake as the individual performer but also for their community as well. Keywords: Latino/a; stereotypical roles; performance on stage and screen; participatory resistance.
How to Cite: Mendez, S.C., 2018. “‘Type-Cast Set’: What Autobiographies of Latino/a Performers Show About Playing to (Stereo)Type ”. Latin American Literary Review, 45(89). DOI: http://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.53
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Published on 18 May 2018.
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